Everest Region
Difficulty Level
20 days

The 3 Passes trek is one of the most famous, challenging and strenuous treks in Khumbu region, set amongst stunningly high Himalayan scenery.  Everest 3 Passes Trek 16 Days Holiday provides a great opportunity to the trekkers since this journey includes passes such as Kongma la pass (5535m), Chola la pass (5370m), Renjo la pass (5338m) and other highlights such as Gokyo lakes, Gokyo Ri, Kalapather and Everest base camp. Monumental landscapes, striking and stunning peaks, tapering ridges and colorful villages with culturally rich Sherpa people, contribute in making this trek an unforgettable experience.

The 3 Passes and Peaks Trek is the ultimate complete trekking experience in the Everest region mainly suited for determined trekkers who intent on crossing the high altitude passes and hiking the smaller peaks without the commitment to any technical climbing skills. The trek links the four distinct valleys of Bhotekoshi, Gokyo, Khumbu and Imja Tse. You will cross three passes namely Renjo La (5388 m), Cho La (5380 m), and Kongma La (5535 m) and climb the three peaks of Gokyo Ri (5483 m), Kalapathar (5545m), and Chukung (5550 m) during this incomparable and unforgettable trekking experience in Nepal.

The magical trek enables you to see much more in the way of breathtaking mountain vistas than is usual on a trek in Everest. The trek journey is complemented by visits to Sherpa villages, homes and monasteries to offer you a insight into the quite but culturally vibrant Sherpa lifestyle.

The 3 Passes and Peaks Trek begin with an exciting flight to Lukla. We spend two nights at Namache for proper acclimation before heading to less trodden trails towards the Thame and Lungden, close to the Tibet boarder. The Renjo La crossing is tough, but you are rewarded with stunning views of the Himalayan giants including Mt. Everest and the pristine Gokyo lakes. We climb  Gokyo Ri, the first of the three peaks we will conquer during this trek. We hike on the largest Ngonumpa glacier before crossing the Chola Pass. We join the popular Khumbu valley trekking route to hike Kalapathar peak and to explore the Everest Base Camp. We trek from Louche to Chukung, crossing the final pass on the trek, the Kongmala pass. From Chukung we climb our third and final peak: Chukung Ri, a great hike with stunning views of Amadablam, Lhotse, Nuptse, Makalu, and Cho Oyu.

During the 3 Passes trek, we will have a great chance to experience the culture of the Sherpa people and get an opportunity to learn more about their lifestyle. We also discover the picturesque villages, colorful markets, unique festivals and legendary Buddhist monasteries.

The flora and fauna are another ornaments of this rich region, heaven for nature lover. The Everest high passes trekking is continuously rewarded with dramatic sights of the Himalayas including four of the world’s highest peaks;  Cho-Oyu, Makalu, Lhotse and Everest. An excursion to the fourth and fifth lakes would be an extra attraction in Gokyo valley from where the views are exquisite. The trek offers its trekkers with a sight of Ngozumpa glacier which is the largest glacier in the entire Himalayas within Nepal. The Gokyo Ri is considered as one of the best viewpoints in the entire Khumbu region. Renjo la pass provides a lifetime opportunity of witnessing the astounding panoramic views of Everest and other mountain range. The Renjo la pass route is off the usual beaten track and it provides a great view of the Gokyo lakes on one side, the Rermo Pokhari lakes on the other side, and several snow-capped peaks in the background. After an incredible view from the Renjo-la pass, the trail descends following the Thame village. We then trek our way back to Phakding, then towards Lukla and finally arrive to Kathmandu.


DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu
PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE DEPARTURE Please call us or email us 14 days before with flight details so we can arrange pick up and drop off from Kathmandu Airport
Arrival pick up and drop off from Tribhuvan International Airport

All trekking permits (Region Permit and TIMS)

All internal-local transportation to and from the trekking trail

Flight to/from Lukla

Breakfast in Kathmandu/ Breakfast, lunch and dinner during trek

3 Star hotel in Kathmandu

All accommodation in teahouses during the trek

Trekking with English-speaking experienced guide

1 porter for 2 guests

Basic first aid kit

NOT INCLUDED International flight to Nepal


Travel and medical Insurance

Lunch and dinner in Kathmandu

Personal expense


Essential trip information:

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Additional information

No. of pax2-12
Min age15

Day 1

Arrive in Kathmandu (1300 m), transfer to hotel
Arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport in Kathmandu where you will be greeted by our representative and taken to your hotel. Enjoy an opportunity to rest or do a little sightseeing.

Day 2

Group meeting and Sightseeing in Kathmandu
You will meet your group and get a trek brief. This will be your administration day. Also, you will explore around the world heritage sites of Kathmandu. This day is also the day for making all kit ready for the trek.

Day 3

Fly to Lukla, trek to Phakding (2652 m) 3 – 4 hours
After a good sleep, we wake up fresh the next morning, have an early breakfast, and get into our vehicle for a drive to the domestic terminal of Kathmandu airport for an early morning flight to Lukla (2,800 m/9,186ft), a gateway destination from where our trip commences. After an adventurous scenic 40-minute flight above the stunning green and white mountains, we reach the Tenzin-Hillary Airport at Lukla. Arguably, this is one of the most beautiful sky routes in the world which concludes in a remarkable landing on a hillside surrounded by high mountains peaks. Upon arrival at Lukla, we meet the other crew members and after some sorting and packing and arrangements, we start our trek through the pretty wealthy village of Lukla until we reach Phakding. To assist in acclimatization, we only have a short hike today. However, if you are interested in additional activities we can take a side trip to a nearby monastery. This is our first Overnight in Phakding.

Day 4

Trek to Namche bazaar (3440 m) 5 – 6 hours
Today the trekking is pretty roughshod and includes the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. From Monjo, it is a short walk to the entrance of the National Park before we cross the Dudh Kosi to Jorsale at 2805 m. The trek continues upstream on generally flat terrain, crossing back to the right bank, to the confluence of the Bhote Kosi and Dudh Kosi rivers. It is here that we start the steep ascent to Namche Bazaar. After crossing a large and stable suspension bridge high above the river we slowly ascend at a steady pace towards Namche.

There are some fantastic photographic opportunities as the peaks of Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, Ama Dablam and Taweche (6542 m) come into view for the first time. After arriving at the capital of the Khumbu region – Namche, we’ll have lunch and the afternoon is free to bargain in the shops for ‘Tibetan’ artifacts, or relax and marvel at lovely surrounding landscapes.


Day 5

Acclimatisation at Namche Bazaar
This is the first ‘acclimatization’ day for this trek. Mountain climbing experts always advise us to stay active and move around on a rest day instead of being idle. We either spend the day taking a day hike to Thame or we visit Khunde; maybe we could just relax and explore the lively Namche Bazaar itself. This is the nerve centre of the Everest (Khumbu) region and has government offices, ATMs, Internet cafes, shops, restaurants, a bakery and a colorful market each Friday evening and Saturday where any and everything is up for sale. If we trek a few hundred vertical feet during the day, it will help us to properly acclimatize.

We also take an interesting side trip up to the vibrant Khumjung. We further climb up to the famous airstrip at Syangboche. Just above the airstrip will be the Everest View Hotel, a Japanese scheme to build a deluxe hotel with great views of the highest mountains on Earth. The Khumjung valley is surrounded by the snowy peaks of Kongde and Thamserku and the sacred peak Khumbila, which hosts a well known monastery that houses a yeti scalp. We also visit Hillary School which is located at the same site. After having lunch and spending some time in Khumjung, we walk back down to Namche Bazaar.


Day 6

Trek to Thame (3800 m) 6 – 7 hours
After breakfast, we come out of Namche Bazar east past the monastery and begin with a short uphill trek. On the left we have the Kongde Ri (6187 m) and the river that flows down into a ravine. On the right is the rocky Khumbi Yul La (5765 m) and behind us is clearly visible on Kusum Kanguru (6,373 m). After an hour walking mostly downhill into the forest, the trip continues. At this stage, we hike up a steep rise to about 50m in altitude to reach a ridge around it. The river bed becomes closer and wider. We reach the village of Phorte and then the small town of Samde along the stretch halfway up a slight slope leading to the bridge over the Bhote Koshi (3650 m). Cross it and about a half hour climb brings us to Thame.

Day 7

Trek to Marlung (4210 m) 5 – 6 hours
If the sky is clear, we will see the beautiful peaks that gaurd the village to the west. We take our breakfast and head for the next camp towards Marlung. The terrain from Thame to Marlung is alpine zone and there is very less vegetation. We enjoy the peace and relative solitude of this little trekked valley. We next bend around the village of Tangmote. After about an hour, we walk parallel to the village of Yellajung on the other side of the Bhote Koshi. We pass by the Tarngga village enjoying superb views of Kongde Ri as we look down the trail. A further 45 minutes or so on a gradually rising trail brings us to Marlung.

Day 8

Trek to Tso Relmo 2 – 3 hours
It is a short walk today from Marlung to Tso Relmo. After Marlung, we walk for about an hour and then climb a small rising hill. We then walk down crossing the water stream as we trek 2 to 3 hours to reach Tso Relmo; we can enjoy the views of the landscape, vegetation and mountains. We also view Nakpa Valley which falls on the old trade route of Tibet. On our way from Marlung, we can stop over at the sacred site of Warfield. We set up camp near Lake Tso Relmo or stay overnight at a lodge. This will take 2 -3 hours.

Day 9

Trek to Gokyo. Cross Renjo pass (5360 m) 8 – 9 hours
We Trek from Tso Relmo to Gokyo via Renjola Pass. Gokyo is not only popular for its grand views but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lakes (Ngozuma Tsho). If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makalu. As we hike further to the top of Renjo La, we get terrific views of the surroundings.

The Everest itself, Lhotse, Cholatse and Taboche can be seen shining in the sun. Views from Renjo La are much like that from Gokyo Ri with third Gokyo Lake and Gokyo Village beneath the gray cover of Ngozumpa Glacier. On the way we can observe local activities like yak herding. The views of the mountains and the chance to experience wildlife add excitement to our trekking. Stay overnight at a lodge.


Day 10

Trek to Gokyo Ri
Today we explore the fifth lake passing another forth lake. At this juncture, we enjoy great views of Mt. Everest and Cho-Oyu. If the weather is good, we grasp the opportunity to climb Gokyo Ri today instead of next day to enjoy the scene from the best viewpoint of Everest Region. Moreover, Gokyo is not only popular for its grand view from Gokyo Peak but also for the six lakes which it hosts. Definitely we would not miss the chance to observe the fourth (Thonak Tsho) and fifth lakes (Ngozuma Tsho). If interested, we climb on a hill at the edge of the Lakes to get astounding views of Cho-Oyu, Gyachung Kang, Everest, Lhotse, Nuptse, and Makulu. Hiking up to Gokyo Ri rewards breathtaking views of sunrise over the Himalayas. Upon exploring the Gokyo Ri area, we get back to the camp for rest. We enjoy the feeling of being surrounded by majestic mountains like Kusum Kanguru, Thamserku, K 43, Kangtega, Taboche, Cholatse, Makalu, Lhotse, Nuptse, Everest, Changtse, and Pumori. Just viewing these peaks stirs us emotionally as we witness the greatness of God who created them.

Day 11

Trek to Tragnak, 5 – 6 hours
Today, we return from Gokyo and get on the trail to Tragnak. Tragnak is also sometimes pronounced as Dragnag. We climb out of Gokyo village to a ridge. Then, we take the route through the Ngozumpa Glacier to the mountain on the other side. Continuing further and traversing along the edge of that mountain, we descend down to Tragnak. On the trek, we enjoy the brilliant views of Cho Oyu, Gokyo Ri, and other high Himalayas.

Day 12

Trek to Dzongla. Cross the Cho La, 7 – 8 hours
Today, we trek to the Cho La Pass. ChoLa pass is also another show up of this trip. Today is going to be one of grueling hard days. The pass is not itself difficult but it is steep and involves a glacier traverse on the eastern side. We need to be pretty careful as the trail is vertical and the rocks glazed by ice add hitches to trekkers making the trail slippery. Our trail climbs through a ravine and a rocky path.

Hence, we climb continuously up from Phedi. We trek through the side of a frozen lake while we come to the top of a pass decorated with prayer flags that whisper memories for the departed. We need to pass through some crevasses before we reach Dzongla, another beautiful place with a complete view of Mt. Cholatse, Mt. Ama Dablam, Lobuche peak and Pheriche village far below. This will take 7 – 8 hours


Day 13

Trek to Gorakshep,5 – 6 hours
From Dzongla the trail descends and ascends gently and contours around the west side of the Lobuche Khola, providing excellent views of Ama Dablam, the Nuptse-Lhotse wall and Everest. The trail to Gorakshep goes ahead through the lateral moraine of the Khumbu Glacier. We pass through the pyramid sign post. Ahead on the trail we see crest of north ridge of Everest along with Mt. Pumori, Mt. Mahalangur, Mt. Lingtern, Mt. Khumbutse, Mt. Nuptse, etc. A small ascent would take us to Thangma Riju from where we perceive 360 degree vistas of snowy mountains. Climbing steeply up to the top through the torrent of Changri Glacier, we catch our first glimpse of Kalapathar, a grey-green knoll beneath the Mt. Pumori. As we reach Gorakshep, we will find snow-capped mountains looming all around us including the top of the world – Mt. Everest. The trail coming from Pheriche meets at the Lobuche Khola (Lobuche Stream). Stay overnight at lodge.

Day 14

Trek to Lobuche (4940 m). Hike to Kalapathar (5545 m) 5 – 6 hours
An early start is necessary today, as we have to make the long descent to Lobuche. Continuing up the valley, we cross a ridge and an old lateral moraine, before beginning the rocky scramble to the pass. From the pass there are excellent views, across to the Rolwaling Valley in the west and Ama Dablam to the south east. The descent from the pass involves the crossing of a small glacier [often snow covered] which is fairly straightforward. There are more excellent views of Ama Dablam and the forbidding north face of Cholatse as we descend to the pastures below. The way to Lobuche contours the grassy slopes above a lake, the Tshola Tsho, to join up with the main Everest trail from Pheriche and Thyangboche. The trail flattens out and follows the valley on the west side of the Khumbu Glacier to Lobuche. To reach our next objective, Kalapathar, the trail continues to follow the valley beside the Khumbu Glacier, and offers superb views of the surrounding mountains, especially where the path is forced to rise to cross a tributary glacier. We stop for lunch at our camping place before we head to Lobuche for the night.

Day 15

Trek to Chukung (4750 m)
From Lobuche, we pass through Khumbu Glacier. Climbing up we reach a pyramid shaped Italian Research Centre at just over 5,000m. We enjoy the views of the wide basin dotted with frozen lakes. Again we enjoy the marvelous views of Cholatse, Pokalde, Nuptse, Lhotse, Makalu and Ama Dablam. Then we turn and walk through the stony trail. While descending down the Niyang Khola valley, we enjoy the great views of Amphu Lapcha Pass and Island Peak. It’s these views that give us the rewards for all the hard climbing. Trekking further we get to Chukung. This will take 6 – 7 hours.

Day 16

Trek to Tengboche (3860 m) 5 – 6 hours
Chhukung is also the starting point for the Island Peak Climb. Now we are getting closer to the Himalayan civilization of the Khumbu Region. The Imja Khola joins the Dudh Koshi River a little above the Pangboche Village. There is a famous monastery at Pangboche believed to have been the oldest in the Khumbu region. From Pangboche, we descend down the alpine desert and back into much welcome greenery of pine forests. The path leads to a steep uphill climb into Tengboche. We pay our visit to the famous Tengboche Monastery for some quietness.

Day 17

Trek to Namche (3440 m) 5 – 6 hours
We continue to follow the river and, after crossing it, climb back up through birch and rhododendron forest to Namche. Kwangde, Tawache, Everest, Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam, Kantega and Thamserku are just a few of the Himalayan giants we get to see on the way. From Tengboche we descend to the bridge over the Dudh Kosi. At Phunki Tenga, we get to see the water driven prayer wheels, before making our way back to where it’s all happening at the lively Namche bazar for a well earned rest. We have a hot shower and rest at our hotel in Namche for the night. This will take 5 – 6 hours.

Day 18

Trek to Lukla (2840 m) 7 hours
This is our last day on these breathtaking mountains that were home to us for all of these days. Our trail descends steeply downward so we need to walk slowly and under control as our tired legs continuously tussle with the rocky terrain. After crossing the suspension bridges over the fast flowing Dudh Kosi and its tributaries the trail becomes more level and natural. By today we begin to get warmed up by the light normal breeze we encounter at the lower altitudes. With some of us experiencing sore throats and colds earlier will now see it gone by today as we pass through this cool mountain air. Although we revert to the same path down, we get the feeling that the views are now somewhat different. We take some pictures of open terrain, rhododendron and pine forests, and in the distance snow covered peaks. We hike through Sherpa settlements as we observe their faith in Buddhism and the culture of prayer stones and prayer flags that we see on the way. Upon arrival in Lukla, we stretch those aching legs and recall the experiences of the last couple of weeks. We’ll have lunch at our lodge and the afternoon is free for us to wander around, relax or perhaps have a hot shower! In the evening, we’ll have a farewell dinner followed by a few celebratory drinks. We could perhaps try some ‘chhang’ {mountain beer brewed from fermented rice, its healthy enough to give it a go. We do a jig to some Sherpa dance steps with our Sherpa crew who we’ve come to know so well over the weeks. It’s altogether been a merry trip on these rugged but lovely mountains; we then enjoy a great meal and hit the sack in blissful sleep under a moonlit starry sky…what a wonderful world! We experience the conclusion of a fantastic trek on a happy note with everyone back in perfect shape and blissful smiles on the faces! Overnight in Lukla (B, L, D)

Day 19

Fly to Kathmandu
We get up early in the morning to be ready for the arrival of our aircraft for the flight back to Kathmandu. We will be met at the airport and transferred to our hotel and a soft warm bed. Please note, our flight will be subject to good weather for the sake of our overall safety.

Day 20: Return

Departure from Nepal
About 3 hours prior to your flight, we will transfer you to the airport to fly your onward destination. We were happy to have met you and we will cherish the bonds of our relationship developed with you all over the weeks spent with us in our amazing country Nepal. Our family wishes your best time ahead and wait for your return.

Fixed Dates – Please select your dates on the “book the tour” section

1 Mar 19 – 20 Mar 19

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Everest base camp 3 passes trek

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